What Are the Most Common Pests in Illinois?

January 23, 2020

There’s more to being a pest exterminator than meets the eye. Not only does the job require a near-encyclopedic knowledge of rodent and insect tracks, but it also involves a certain level of regional expertise that only comes with experience. Every area of the country has its own unique assortment of critters that wreak havoc on its residents, and it takes time to learn how to correctly spot (and eliminate) insects and rodents.

That said, you can teach yourself to keep an eye out for some of the telltale signs of the most common pests in central Illinois.

Watch for scout ants

Ants are widespread in Illinois, and once they’ve zeroed in on your property, they can be very tough to get rid of. Be sure to keep an eye out for scout ants making a foray into your home.

Once a scout has spotted a good source of food, they’ll head back home and return with all their buddies.

The bed bug problem

Bed bugs are particularly nasty, and they’re one of the most common pests in central Illinois. They get into pretty much anything in your home that’s made of cloth, like mattresses, clothes and sheets, and then feed on you and your family for sustenance. If you notice blood spots in your sheets, that may be the first sign your home is infested.

Spiders belong outside

When they’re roaming your property, killing bugs, spiders can be a homeowner’s best friend. When they come inside, however, spiders can pose a danger to your loved ones.

If you notice one spiderweb in your home, clear it and don’t give it much thought. If you notice a web in the same spot a few days later, you could have a problem.

A home for the winter

During the spring and summer, mice and rats are content to stay outside foraging for seeds and the like. When the weather gets nippy and food sources become scarce, however, mice and rats head toward the only place with a constant source of food and heat: your house.

Keep your eyes peeled for rodent droppings near sources of food (like your pantry) or bite marks on bags of dried goods. This could be the first indication you have a rodent issue.

Regional expertise is just a phone call away

At Crist Termite and Pest Solutions, Inc., we’ve been facing down and eliminating common pests in central Illinois for 70 years and counting. As a result, we’ve seen it all. We know how wily our area’s bugs and rodents are, and we’ve developed methods for making sure they stay out of your home.

Central Illinois is filled with satisfied customers who appreciate our family-oriented approach to service. We understand that your loved ones are your priority, which is why we strive to offer safe, first-rate service at a price that will still let you take the little ones out for ice cream.

We’re happy to offer free inspections to each of our valued clients, so visit us online or give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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